Humane Society adoption centre

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jul 22, 2013 in Rat News | Subscribe

NORTHUMBERLAND – 

Although the Northumberland Humane Society tends to rescue more cats and dogs than any other pet, the shelter has also been known to re-home ferrets, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, budgies, rabbits and rats. Currently the NHS is looking for homes for seven rats and two bunnies.

Smaller pets make great starter pets for children. Rats are highly intelligent, social animals, and although they enjoy the companionship of humans, they thrive in — and need — the company of their own species. Because rats mature at a very young age of six to eight weeks, it is best to house them separately. Male rats usually get along well with other male rats, especially if introduced at a young age or if they are littermates.

Ideally, an adult rat should be fed some whole grains, some vegetables and some protein (lean meat scraps, dog food or mealworms) every day. This can be supplemented with a bowl of ‘rodent mix’ as a snack food.

Rats are relatively easy to care for, but are not low-maintenance pets. They do require a fair amount of attention and exercise time outside of the cage. There is no such thing as a cage that is ‘too big’ for pet rats. As a bare minimum, it is suggested that the floor-space should be at least 24″ long and 12″ wide. Since your rats will spend most of their two to three years in their cage, and because they are such intelligent, active animals, it would be a shame to keep them in a small space.

Currently the Humane Society shelter in Port Hope has four two-month-old rats: Nuki (male/white), Emile (female/white), Skittles (female/white) and Binky (male/grey) as well as three three-month-old rats: Yasmin (female/mostly grey), Nicodemus (male/grey and white) and Jenner (male/mostly grey).

All of these rats were given up by their owner. These rats are all very social and do not bite.

Rabbits are also loving and social pets that can live up to 10 years of age. They are smart and can be litter box trained. Bedding material can be hay, straw, hardwood shavings (maple, oak, apple) or bits of cloth (if the rabbit is well litter trained). Pine and cedar shavings are not suitable for use as bedding or litter for rabbits or other small pets. Research has shown that chemicals emitted from these shavings can cause liver disease and reduce the life span of your pet. 

Rabbits must have hay available at all times and should not be fed a diet that is mostly made up of commercial rabbit pellets. Grass hay consisting predominantly of timothy is best. Rabbits require green vegetables every day and also enjoy receiving carrots, fruit and other vegetables.

Without human interaction, they can get bored even to the point of becoming lonely and depressed, but rabbits do not usually like to be picked up and cuddled. The best way to interact with a bunny is on the floor. Sit in the room while bunny is out to play and he will come investigate you. This would be the perfect time to pet your bunny, while he is sitting near you. 

Rabbits need exercise and they love to run and jump, go through tunnels and into and out of boxes. A cardboard box with a few holes cut in it, placed in the middle of a room, will entertain a rabbit and provide lots of exercise for the rabbit and entertainment for you. He will need toys like cardboard tubes, phone books and noisy, rolling things to keep him busy. Your rabbit will also need to have anywhere from 30 to 40 hours of ‘run time’ outside his enclosure per week. Be aware that rabbits love to explore and discover – which could involve tasting items in your home. That is the nice way to say you will need to ‘bunnyproof’ your house to protect it from damage and to keep your rabbit from getting hurt.

It is also important to know that a bunny’s nails can grow very long and must be clipped on a regular basis.

Bruno was found abandoned with two other rabbits in March of this year. He is generally clean and uses his litter box most of the time. Picking him up does tend to frighten him, so floor play is greatly encouraged for this bunny.

All small and furry pets are $20 each to adopt. The cage does not usually go with them with adoption. An adoption application still needs to be filled in and the process takes approximately 24 to 48 hours. For more information please visit our website at www.northumberlandhumanesociety.com or e-mail north1@eagle.ca or call 905-885-4131.

The Northumberland Humane Society shelter is located at 371 Ward St., Port Hope.

Article source: http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/2012/11/01/humane-society-adoption-centre

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